The Oxford Philharmonic Academy incorporates all the Orchestra’s educational programmes, including our Residency Programme at the University of Oxford, the high-level tuition given to pianists during our Piano Festival, as well as our partnership with the Oxfordshire County Music Service. The Academy offers tuition by the Philharmonic’s own principal players, as well as visiting international artists, for students at all levels.
Post Graduate Education
The Piano Festival and Summer Academy has become a mecca for young pianists from all over the world who converge on Oxford to study with the world’s most renowned artists and professors. An intensive programme of masterclasses during the day is complemented by a series of evening concerts in some of the most beautiful venues in Oxford with some of the world’s greatest artists, including András Schiff and Alfred Brendel, the Festival’s President and Patron respectively.
As the Orchestra in Residence at the University of Oxford we offer students unique and unparalleled opportunities to receive tuition from members of the Orchestra and by visiting international artists, including Lang Lang, Maxim Vengerov, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Valery Gergiev. In addition, we offer students performance opportunities, apprenticeships in orchestral practice and a platform for young composers.
Secondary School Education
We have forged a close partnership with the Oxfordshire County Music Service to provide high school-aged students performance, tuition and apprenticeshi opportunities. Our annual Concerto Competition sees musicians from across the county compete for prestigious prizes including the opportunity to perform a concerto with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra.Young musicians can also partake in our Side-by-Side scheme, providing them the opportunity to sit Side-by-Side our professional musicians in Oxford Philharmonic rehearsals and performances.
Primary School Education
We have a close relationship with the county’s special schools; at the Mulberry Bush and Northern House Schools our specially trained musicians work with children with severe emotional and behavioural conditions resulting from the disrupted and traumatic family environments in which they were raised. The Orchestra are also active in local primary schools throughout the region. We host regular workshops at the Dragon School inviting local primary schools from across Oxfordshire to attend an open day of learning and music making.
In conjunction with the Oxford City Council, the Oxford Philharmonic host three family concerts a year in the Oxford Town Hall. These ‘FUNomusica’ concerts are created specifically with younger audiences in mind, but all the family is welcome. We aim to get children involved in music at a young age and foster in them a love of the arts.
We are committed to meet the Family Arts Standards.
Watch a short film of the Oxford Philharmonic leading a workshop, hosted by the Dragon School, bringing beginner musicians from local primary schools together in rehearsal and performance. Forming part of the orchestra's leading Academy initiative, children throughout Oxfordshire have an opportunity to come together, interact and learn with professional musicians.